Blazen Panther Upsets Remington Park Distance Championship
The 7-year-old gelding outruns his 7-1 odds to win on Saturday.
June 2, 2018
Blazen Panther, a 7-year-old son of champion Panther Mountain owned and trained by Luz Chavira of Purcell, Oklahoma, outran his 7-1 odds to win Saturday's $53,300 Remington Park Distance Championship (G2) at Remington Park.
Ridden by Daniel Torres, Blazen Panther covered 870 yards in :45.243, and the gelding's margin of victory was 1 1/4 lengths from 9-10 favorite Zoomin Racer. The $33,138 winner's share of the purse from his first graded stakes score increased Blazen Panther's earnings to $166,916.
"He got a good jump on the field, and that's what he needed to get himself a good spot and save ground," said Torres. "Once we got to the straightaway, I just asked him for a little bit more, and he pulled way. He handled the trip perfectly."
Blazen Panther was bred in Oklahoma by the partnership of Cockrell and Vanhoozer. Raced exclusively in his home state, he has won nine of 37 starts, and his two stakes victories include a neck win at odds of 6-1 in last year's 870-yard, $18,000 Walter Merrick Memorial Stakes (R) for Oklahoma-breds at Fair Meadows at Tulsa.
Jess A Hilbily Bone, Jessa Little Rusty, Rock A Billy, Thespeedprofessor, Hiclass Man, and Silver Citizen completed the order of finish.
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